Mauna Loa

By Haley Horne


Mauna Loa is a volcano on the island of Hawaii. It's exact location is 19°28′46.3″N 155°36′09.6″W . It's 4,170 meters tall and it's a shield volcano. There isn't a really close town to the volcano, but Hilo is about 28 miles from the summit and is threatened by the eruptions. Mauna Loa was created when the Pacific tectonic plate moved over the Hawaiian hot spot.

This is the link to where Mauna Loa is on Google maps.

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1984, 1975, 1950, 1949, 1942, 1940, 1935-36, 1933, 1926, 1919, 1916, 1914-15, 1907, 1903, 1899, 1896, 1892, 1887, 1880-81, 1880, 1879, 1877, 1876, 1875, 1873-74, 1873, 1872-73, 1871, 1868, 1865-66, 1859, 1855-56, 1852, 1851, 1849, 1843, 1832, 1803, 1780?

These are the known eruptions of Mauna Loa. Fortunately it has never killed anyone in these eruptions, but before 1780 there might have been some deaths caused by Mauna Loa. Sometimes when the volcano erupts the flow of lava will head to the town of Hilo and cause trouble for the town.

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Local History

The Hawaiian people believe that the summit of every volcano is sacred and because Mauna Loa is the largest volcano it's very special to them. The deity Pele is said to have her home at the summit of Mauna Loa and is responsible for every eruptions.